Good morning! I'm sorry I missed yesterday but I really felt lousy.Not a very good excuse, so I will try not to let that happen again.
Today we are finishing up the twelfth chapter of Mark. Jesus has been teaching in the temple, and answering questions. Now he is warning the people not to listen quite so much to the scribes who hold that position mostly for show. They liked to sit in the temples and at the feasts so they could be seen as important men, and for show they would give long prayers and wear long clothing, but they thought nothing of turning widows out of their homes. (Verses 35-40). Jesus was telling the people not to be like them.
In the next instance in the temple, Jesus is observing the giving that people do. A widow came in and gave two mites, which was a farthing. It's not much, and wasn't very much even by the standards of the time but it was all she had and she willingly gave it.
43. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:
44. For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.
She did not have much, but she was willing to give all she had for the good of others. She knew that God would take care of her. She didn't do this for glory, like the scribes and the Pharisees and those of that ilk. She did it simply out of love for the Lord and for others. She was probably the type of woman who made sure you were fed if you visited her, gave clothing to those in need, was simply there to be a help where she could, not giving much thought to self. This is very convicting to me, as I struggle at times with taking care of others versus making sure we have food in the house, or gas in the car.
Have a wonderful day.